Pep Guardiola admitted it could have been inconceivable to regulate Lionel Messi for the total recreation after the Argentinian helped sink Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League.
The six-time world participant of the yr scored his first Paris Saint-Germain purpose because the French aspect avenged their loss in final season’s semi-finals with a 2-0 group stage victory on Tuesday.
Messi had been uncertain forward of the sport however proved his health with a surprising purpose after 74 minutes of a compelling conflict on the Parc des Princes, including to Idrissa Gana Gueye’s early strike.
Metropolis boss Guardiola is effectively conscious of the harm Messi can do to groups after the pair’s successes collectively for Barcelona, which included two Champions League wins.
“We handled PSG to start with, however we all know it is inconceivable to regulate Leo for 90 minutes,” Guardiola mentioned.
“He was not a lot in contact with the ball – in fact he was getting back from damage, he wanted a little bit of rhythm – however we all know fairly effectively when he can run and get near the ball, he’s unstoppable.
“What we’ve achieved is minimise, as a lot as doable, these type of choices and create the possibilities that we might create and I am glad with the way in which we performed.
“Individuals cannot deny that we have been there. We arrived right here, we did our recreation, but it surely’s all the time a threat whenever you lose the ball and so they could make one go, particularly with (Marco) Verratti, an distinctive, extraordinary participant, and make contact with Neymar and Messi and so they can run, it is troublesome.
“We did a very good recreation, however we should always have scored targets and we did not do it. That is why we misplaced.”
Guardiola added that he was “in love” with Italy midfielder Verratti, but it surely was inevitably Messi who took the plaudits.
Messi’s first PSG purpose was the 673rd of his membership profession and his seventh towards Manchester Metropolis within the Champions League, greater than every other participant, whereas the Argentinian now has seven targets towards sides managed by Guardiola, additionally probably the most of any participant.
“I want him the very best,” mentioned Guardiola of his former Nou Camp star. “If he’s comfortable and having fun with this era in Paris, I will likely be comfortable.”
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Guardiola confirmed restoration from Tuesday’s match in Paris would start instantly, including: “Now we’re going to eat effectively tonight, we’re going to drink a glass of wine, get well after which put together for the sport [at Liverpool] on Sunday.”